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BAA 'more likely to sell Glasgow than Edinburgh'

21.02.10

BAA is more liekly to sell Glasgow Airport according to analysts, after new figures revealed it is lagging behind Edinburgh in winning airlines and passengers. The Scotsman reports that while Edinburgh has managed to fill the gap left by the collapse of Flyglobespan, Glasgow is said to be struggling to replace the lost flights.

A spokesman for Edinburgh Aiprort told the newspaper new routes and extra flights added by airlines this month, including Ryanair and Jet2, had alreasy replaced the 400,000 passengers a year brought to the airport by Flyglobespan. Glasgow Airport, however, had more than 550,000 Flyglobespan passengers, and it is struggling to fill the deficit. A 'source' told the newspaper Glasgow Airport would find it ‘difficult to get other airlines to commit to backfilling’ this year.

In December, the Competition Appeal Tribunal upheld BAA's appeal against the Competition Commission's ruling that it would have to sell Stansted plus either Edinburgh or Glasgow. However, aviation analyst John Strickland told the newspaper that BAA had merely won a delay and that the company's debt would require the sale of airports, whether the Competition Commission was able to force the sale timetable or not.

Stuart Barwood, an aviation analyst with Brolin Consulting, said Edinburgh's improving business made Glasgow the sale target. He told the Scotsman: ‘My gut feel is they [BAA] will want to keep Edinburgh. It has is a good inbound destination. You get the high yielding passengers going through Edinburgh rather than Glasgow. Glasgow is much more Scottish people flying out. Edinburgh has a combination of two-way traffic, which makes it more attractive.’

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